Google Chromebooks will be focusing a great deal on education industry says the company and in line with that vision, Acer and ASUS have already launched their respective education-focused Spin 11 and C213 Chromebooks at the Bett education technology trade show in London.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 features an antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected 11-inch HD IPS touchscreen display with a 360-degree dual-torque hinge to avoid wobbling. To improve compatibility with the stylus, the chromebook has been blessed with Wacom EMR (Electro-Magnetic Resonance) technology. One interesting thing about the Acer Spin 11 is that it has a MIL-STD 810G US military standard rating meaning that the chromebook has an impressive amount of durability.
Depending on which Acer Chromebook Spin 11 you go for, you will either get a chromebook powered by a dual-core (N3350) or quad-core (N3450) Intel Celeron chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of flash storage. In terms of connectivity options, the Spin 11 comes with two USB-Type C ports, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, a MicroSD card reader, and two USB 3.0 ports as well. The chromebook has an impressive 10 hours of battery life and comes loaded with Google Play store out of the box.
ASUS hasn’t revealed a great deal about its C213 Chromebook. but just like the Spin 11, it comes with a 2-in-1 design, USB Type-C, and Google Play store out-of-the-box.
The pricing and availability of the new Chromebooks has not been announced but the devices are expected to be released in late Spring.
Google has been extensively working to mold its products to cater to the education sector. The company says it worked with educators and partners to design these two new Chromebooks in order to optimise them according to the needs of schools. The affordable stylus meant for these Chromebooks come with a “unique” eraser, Google said in its official blog post. The search giant points out that these low-cost styli don’t need any charging or pairing and can therefore be easily replaced if lost.
“We heard from educators that multiple chargers and slow charging wastes precious time for students. Going forward, all Chromebooks will have standard super-fast USB-C charging, so one Chromebook cart can charge any device quickly,” Google said in its post.
As Android apps are now available on Chromebooks, it makes sense for the company to make the Chromebooks more touch-friendly, which was not the case earlier.
“In the coming weeks, Chromebook administrators will be able to create a library of approved Android apps and install them on select managed Chromebooks. Students will be able to access millions of Android apps, like Toontastic and Science Journal, for learning both online and offline,” it added.
Google has also announced creative apps on Chromebooks including WeVideo, Soundtrap, and Explain Everything.